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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jun 12, 2010 4:13pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

http://www.archive.org/details/Devils_Cargo_1948

I didn't know that any of the Falcon movies were in the public domain. Is this one really or should it be removed?

Also, are any of the other 15?

THE GAY FALCON (1941), A DATE WITH THE FALCON (1941), THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942), THE FALCONS BROTHER (1942), THE FALCON STRIKES BACK (1943), THE FALCON AND THE CO-EDS (1943), THE FALCON IN DANGER (1943), THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD (1943), THE FALCON IN MEXICO (1944), THE FALCON OUT WEST (1944), THE FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO (1945), THE FALCON'S ALIBI (1946), THE FALCON'S ADVENTURE (1946), APPOINTMENT WITH MURDER (1948), SEARCH FOR DANGER (1949).



This post was modified by adamelijah on 2010-06-12 23:13:52

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jun 12, 2010 4:52pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

The copyright data at HathiTrust indicates that Devil's Cargo is the only one whose copyright wasn't renewed.

Does anyone else have evidence that the copyright on Devil's Cargo was renewed?

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jun 12, 2010 5:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

If that one isn't under copyright, then that's great. I thought the entire "Falcon" series was in copyright jail, to be released only for 3 a.m. showings on Turner Classic Movies...

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jun 12, 2010 5:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

The text of the copyright registers at HathiTrust was produced by G00GLE by scanning the paper books and then OCRing.

Since the text contains many, many errors, my lookup program uses a fuzzy, fault-tolerant matching routine that ought to find the movie even if the title isn't spelled perfectly.

However, there is a slight chance that the entry for this movie was lost or too badly mangled during the scanning and OCRing.

If anyone else has information about the copyright status of this film, please advise.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Jun 14, 2010 2:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

The original reg number from the 1948 copyright record is LP1540, 1Mar48

Maybe you can search on that info as a double check?

But the registration also indicates, "based on the character, 'The Falcon' created by Michael Arlen'" So if the character is trademarked it may be a no go anyway.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jun 14, 2010 5:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Devil's Cargo Copyright Status?

Using grep to search for LP1540 turns up nothing.

I wish that Video-Cellar would help.

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